Membership

If your group is interested in becoming a member of the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens this section will provide you with all you need to know regarding application, benefits and the different categories of membership available. Membership is only open to groups; individuals may become Friends of the movement, receiving information and an opportunity to join some of the activities (please telephone 0117 9231 800 or e-mail admin@farmgarden.org.uk for details).

Categories of Membership

There are three categories of membership of FCFCG:
FarmGarden Member Open to any voluntary organisation with similar aims to FCFCG and running - or intending to run - a community managed farm or garden and having - or intending to have - a locally elected committee. Twelve months after joining, members in this category that have been established and operational on site for at least a year, become eligible for election as a voting member of FCFCG by nomination at an Annual General Meeting.
Affiliate Member Any organisation (other than a local authority falling into the Associate Member Category - see below), with similar aims to, or agreeing with those of FCFCG but not having a locally elected management committee.
Associate Member Any local authority with similar aims to, or agreeing with those of FCFCG, and operating (or intending to operate) a City Farm, Community Garden or similar project. Associate members may collectively nominate one person to join the FCFCG Board of Directors

Benefits to Members
Members have access to the following services. Services are either free or where there is a charge, this is at a lower rate than that charged to non-members. A more limited range of services is available to non-members and there is usually a charge for these.

  • A quarterly members' newsletter, "Growing Places", and other regular mailings to keep you in touch with the federation and its members, and alert you to training, funding and development opportunities for your projects. Members can forward inserts to include with mailings and free column space is available in the newsletter for members own news;
  • A complimentary welcome pack including a members guide and free copies of our complete range of publications (e.g. The Compost Box Education Pack and Community Garden Starter Pack) and good practice guides (e.g. animal welfare policy; child protection guidelines). Members receive complimentary copies of all new publications produced by FCFCG;
  • Site visits from our team of trained fieldworkers, recruited from within movement, who can provide practical advice and support with a variety of issues including developing plans for your group or the site you have chosen, fundraising, relationships between management committees and staff, practical site problems, presentations to stakeholders and community development;
  • Regional and national conferences, day courses and residential training in areas of specific relevance to community-led farming and gardening. Subsidised fees and travel bursaries for smaller projects. Grants and bursaries when available are exclusive to members;
  • Police checks for potential staff/volunteers;
  • Payroll calculation service;
  • Insurance scheme;
  • Free Briefings (e.g. new regulations);
  • Annual report;
  • Slides and videos, exhibitions and photographs available for loan.

Membership Fee
The FarmGarden membership fee is based on the previous year's turnover of the organisation. The minimum fee is £20.

Project Income Fee Project Income Fee
£0 - £25,000 £20 £25,001 - £50,000 £50
£50,001 - £100,000 £100 over £100,000 £150

The Associate Membership fee is £85. The Affiliate Membership fee is £45. Fees are for 12 calendar months and are inclusive of VAT. Overseas applicants please add 25% payment in sterling.

If you would like to join us, please click here to download an application form in Microsoft Word format.

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